Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
|Release Date||:||November 13, 2015|
|Production Company||:||Plan B Entertainment, Jolie Pas|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Casts||:||Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup, Richard Bohringer, Laurence Rickard, Sarah Naudi, Anna Cachia, George Camilleri, Frédéric Dessains|
|Plot Keywords||:||woman director|
Kudos to Brad and Angelina for attempting to make a film that is not a typical Hollywood drama. "By The Sea" is more like a French New Wave 1970s experimental narrative than anything either of the two may have appeared in before. I thought it was miles better than "Tree of Life," which in some ways tackles similar themes of romance, love, marriage and existence in a languid pace. This was a film that was beautiful to look at -- the Maltese seaside locations, the 70s fashion, the lighting....the two of them at the peak of their beauty. My only complaint: there should have been more nudity and more sexual encounters. I think the 'watching game' became a bit redundant and there was no clear revelation that came of it (the wife's condition was apparent from the first scene in the café). Hopefully there will be an unrated version which better reveals Melvil Poupaud and Mélanie Laurent and their encounters. It's pretty fabulous that Angelina showed off her new bosom for the world to enjoy. Gaspar Noé should have given Angelina some assistance. The film would have been a perfect collaboration for them.